ANTONIO GUTERRES, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General says climate crisis is a peace and security crisis, as it intensifies conflict over natural resources, inflating food prices and increasing geopolitical tensions.
Nov. 8, 2021
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Climate crisis becomes peace, security crisis
UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres
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He made these remarks on Saturday when presenting his message in commemoration of International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict at the UN Climate Conference in Glasgow, England.
Mr Guterres said about one in every five people is living in an area affected by fragility, conflict or violence.
He said the assault on the planet is driving instability, displacement and confrontation, and making their quest for peace ever more difficult.
“Protecting the environment is essential to preserving peace. The International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict recognises the environment as yet another victim of war,” he said.
The UN Secretary-General highlighted that crops are torched, water wells polluted, and soils poisoned to gain short-term military advantages, with devastating consequences that can last decades.
He noted that protecting the environment is integral to conflict prevention, peace building and sustainable development, because there can be no durable peace if the natural resources that sustain livelihoods and ecosystems are destroyed.
He further said the time for climate action is now, adding that negotiators at the UN Climate Conference must show ambition and solidarity to save the future.
Lesotho delegation at the conference is led by the Minister of Energy Meteorology, Mohapi Mohapinyane.
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On November 5, 2001, the UN General Assembly declared November 6 of each year as the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict.
On May 27, 2016, UN Environment Assembly adopted resolution UNEP/EA.2/Res.15, which recognised the role of healthy ecosystems and sustainably managed resources in reducing the risk of armed conflict, and reaffirmed its strong commitment to the full implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals listed in General Assembly resolution 70/1, entitled “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. LeNA